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Transparent touchscreen display can be used on both sides
You've probably seen TV shows in which groups of characters – usually forensic investigators – view data on large transparent touchscreen displays. Well, researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have taken that concept a step further. Their TransWall is not only transparent, but it can also receive input and display content on either side of its screen, plus it's capable of haptic feedback.

http://www.gizmag.com/transwall-two-sided-touchscreen/32893/
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BMW developing wireless inductive charging system for electric vehicles
Electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids may be green and sustainable, but that doesn't mean much if you forget to plug them in the night before. To overcome this frustrating morning surprise, BMW Group is developing a new generation of wireless inductive charger technology that’s comparable in speed to cables, but requires no more effort than parking and pressing a button.

http://www.gizmag.com/bmw-induction-charging/32863/
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Korea has been doing this with busses for a few years.
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Radical dual tilting blade helicopter design targets speeds of over 270mph
As one of the contenders in the race to win a $US100 billion contract from the US government for the Army’s next generation of attack helicopter, AVX Aircraft Company has conceived a futuristic machine kitted out with coaxial rotors, ducted fans and a retractable undercarriage that could hit speeds of over 270 mph (435 km/h).

http://www.gizmag.com/radical-helicopter-design-has-dual-tilting-blades-and-can-travel-at-over-270mph/32840/
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Not with that hub design it won't
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Airbus patents windowless cockpit that would increase pilots' field of view
Imagine showing up at the airport to catch your flight, looking at your plane, and noticing that instead of windows, the cockpit is now a smooth cone of aluminum. It may seem like the worst case of quality control in history, but Airbus argues that this could be the airliner of the future. In a new US patent application, the EU aircraft consortium outlines a new cockpit design that replaces the traditional cockpit with one that uses 3D view screens instead of conventional windows.

http://www.gizmag.com/windowless-cockpit-airbus/32816/
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Hmm, wonder how this turns out! 
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Hammer Jammer brings a percussive twist to playing guitar
With what's got to be one of the shortest campaign pitches on Kickstarter, Ken McCaw is putting second production run hopes for his Hammer Jammer percussive guitar attachment in the hands of players. Described as essentially turning the guitar into a new instrument, the fretting hand is still used to form chord shapes or single-note runs. But players tap, stroke or bash the big raised "buttons" at the picking end, causing soft or hard hammers to sound the strings.

http://www.gizmag.com/hammer-jammer-percussive-guitar/32835/
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Rio Firefly handcycle turns any wheelchair into a power scooter
Attaching in less than a minute, the Firefly electric handcycle turns a 4-wheeled manual wheelchair into a 3-wheeled power trike capable of taking you about 24 km (15 miles) at a decent clip of 18 km/h (11 mph). For less than US$2,000, it makes for a really nifty short to medium range getabout for walking the dog, popping down to the shops or short commutes.

http://www.gizmag.com/rio-mobility-firefly-electric-handcycle-wheelchair-scooter/32825/
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Brilliantly done!
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Sand-based anode triples lithium-ion battery performance
Conventional lithium-ion batteries rely on anodes made of graphite, but it is widely believed that the performance of this material has reached its zenith, prompting researchers to look at possible replacements. Much of the focus has been on nanoscale silicon, but it remains difficult to produce in large quantities and usually degrades quickly. Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have overcome these problems by developing a lithium-ion battery anode using sand.

http://www.gizmag.com/nano-silicon-anode-sand-lithium-ion-battery/32885/
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Student-designed device reduces gas lawnmower air pollution by over 90%
Gas-powered lawnmowers are notorious polluters. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, running a new gas mower for one hour produces as much air pollution as would be generated by 11 typical automobiles being driven for the same amount of time. Switching to an electric or reel mower is certainly one option, but for those applications where it's gotta be gasoline, a team of engineering students from the University of California, Riverside are developing another: an attachment that they claim reduces noxious emissions by over 90 percent.

http://www.gizmag.com/ucr-nox-out-catalytic-reduction-lawnmower-emissions/32872/
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EcoDrain recycles the heat in used hot shower water
Generally-speaking, when there's something that we're trying to conserve, we don't just put it down the drain. For those of us who are trying to save power, however, that's just what happens when we let hot water from our showers or baths run straight into the sewer. The EcoDrain is made to address that problem, via a unique design that allows outgoing hot water to warm up incoming cold water.

http://www.gizmag.com/ecodrain-drain-heat-exchanger/32858/
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World's fastest production lens for mirrorless cameras
Mirrorless camera owners in search of fast glass and razor-thin depth of field have a new king of wide-aperture lenses to drool over in the form of the Handevision IBELUX 40mm f/0.85. It's the fastest volume production lens in the world, and the manufacturer claims it'll give you an image similar to an f/1.2 lens on a full frame camera.

http://www.gizmag.com/handevision-ibelux-40mm-f08-fastest-lens/32848/
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Daimler Future Truck 2025 completes first autonomous highway run
Self-driving cars are the next big thing, but with all the talk of sipping latte and reading the morning paper while our cars drive us to work, it's easy to forget about the huge impact this technology will have on other road transport segments such as freight distribution. As part of the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 program, Daimler Trucks has taken the most advanced of its autonomous trucks for a spin in "completely realistic driving situations" on a section of the A14 autobahn near Magdeburg, Germany.

http://www.gizmag.com/future-truck-2025-daimler-mercedes-self-driving/32811/
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Backtracker radar system warns cyclists of approaching cars
Cycling on the highway can definitely be a risky business. If riders are distracted or have the wind in their ears, vehicles rapidly approaching from behind can be almost right on top of them before being noticed. Gadgets such as mirrors and rear-view cameras can help, although riders still have to think to check them. The Backtracker, however, uses a radar signal to automatically alert cyclists whenever a car is closing in on them.

http://www.gizmag.com/backtracker-bicycle-radar/32834/
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Any wheelchair applications in the works, in the foreseeable future.
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